Corporal Theodore Dennis Wolf, Sr.

Corporal Theodore Dennis Wolf, Sr.

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch Thursday, March 29, 1990

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Theodore Dennis Wolf, Sr.

Corporal Theodore Wolf was shot and killed during a traffic stop on I-95 near the Route 175 interchange in Jessup, Maryland.

He stopped a vehicle for speeding and approached the driver to get his license. Unbeknownst to him, the vehicle had just been stolen from Alexandria, Virginia, but had not yet been reported.

After Corporal Wolf obtained the driver's license, he went back to his patrol car to get his summons book. As he did so, the driver approached him, introduced himself as a former police officer, and presented his credentials. Corporal Wolf admitted him to the passenger side of the patrol car as he began to write him a warning for speeding. When the driver saw that he was being issued a warning, he pulled out a gun and shot Corporal Wolf in the jaw. The suspect then stuck the gun in Corporal Wolf's mouth and fired again, killing him instantly.

The suspect and his passenger grabbed Corporal Wolf's warning book and fled. They abandoned and burned the car and the book in Baltimore County, and then arranged to return home to New York. They were arrested in New York after bragging to an informant that they had murdered Corporal Wolf. Both suspects were charged for their roles in the incident and convicted. One suspect has since been paroled, and the other is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Trooper Wolf had served with the Maryland State Police for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

traffic stop

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I was a 20 y/o EMT and firefighter in Howard County on March 29th 1990.

I will never forget the stark horror regarding the loss of Trooper Wolf.

The sight of his Trooper Vehicle, in the fast lane shoulder, under the bridge of Rt. 175 on 95 NB has left an indelible impression on me to this day, two plus decades later.

I can only hope that his wife and children have healed to the point that they can find it within themselves to continue to help others in the worst of times.

I clearly recall the radar unit in his vehicle showing 72 mph in a 55 mph zone at the time.

I often consider, if he did not pull over that car, would he still be here today.

I was mentored by many State Trooper Lieutenants prior to this tragic event, and I am thankful that I am a better person as a result of that interaction.

When you are traveling and see a brown sign with a name on it, take a minute to absorb what that person did for our society!


Dave Moynihan

Dave Moynihan
Deputy Chief, FDVFD, INC.

June 17, 2022

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